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Shelter for Beirut

An emergency appeal has been launched today (Monday 7th September 2020) to provide temporary shelter improvements across Beirut, in the aftermath of the two major explosions which struck the city with such force last month.

The appeal was formulated in partnership with Beirut-based NGO arcenciel, and Article 25, the UK’s leading humanitarian architecture charity. Hosted by Article 25 on the fundraising platform GoFundMe, the campaign aims to urgently raise £100,000 to supply and install reinforced polythene sheeting on as many of the estimated 45,000 damaged buildings across the Lebanese capital as possible. The much-needed temporary improvements should create warmer, dry spaces for people to take shelter from the imminent bad weather that’s due to hit the city in a matter of weeks.

Managing Director of Article 25, David Murray, said: “Our partnership with a well-established local NGO, arcenciel, is crucial to the impact of our work, so that we can most effectively target our support to those families and communities hardest hit by this major disaster. Couple this local knowledge with the network of Ian Ritchie Architect’s UK suppliers in the construction industry to source materials quickly and at a good price, and we should be well placed to provide safe shelter for hundreds of thousands of people whose lives were turned upside down in just seconds after this catastrophic event.”

(c) Gilles Khoury